You can always believe what pop singer Shakira says because her lips don't lie.
The Grammy Award-winning artist, vacationing in Cape Town, South Africa, took to her Facebook wall, with its 46 million "likes," to recount an attack on her by a sea lion, although thankfully it was a near-miss.
And, the culprit in the caper? Don't blame the sea lion....
The villain was Shakira's BlackBerry, according to her account, which she titled, "Special Report: Attack by a Sea Lion!"
"I believe what happened is that it confused the shiny reflection of the BlackBerry I was taking these pics with, with some sort of fish," Shakira wrote. "It probably thought I was teasing it with food and then taking it away from it."
Here's how the attack went down: A couple of days ago, Shakira says she walked to the water's edge near a rock with other tourists, who were trying to pet and photograph some sea lions and seals.
For the record, here's what happened next, according to Shakira:
Suddenly, one of them jumped out of the water so fast and impetuously that it got about one foot away from me, looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me. Everyone there screamed, including me. I was paralyzed by fear and couldn't move, I just kept eye contact with it while my brother 'Super Tony' jumped over me and literally saved my life, taking me away from the beast. We both got our hands and legs scratched by the rocks while trying to protect ourselves.
None of this would have happened, however, if Shakira hadn't been carrying her BlackBerry, which the sea lion obviously thought was a fish (because BlackBerrys look like fish, don't they?)
And, Shakira knows this is so because the sea lion looked her in the eye and she kept eye contact with the sea lion.
Regardless of why the sea lion attempted to do Shakira harm, Tnooz has other theories about the incident. And, these theories have just as much scientific basis as Shakira's ideas.
First, it is entirely possible that the sea lion did not think Shakira's Blackberry was a fish, but was a disgruntled Research In Motion stockholder totally disillusioned with the company's turnaround plan.
Or second, the sea lion simply could have been an Apple/iOS or Android fanatic who, very disappointed with Shakira's choice in a mobile device, decided to take matters in to his/her own hands, or in this case, teeth.
Anyway, the Shakira meets the sea lion escapade has a happy ending.
The Colombian singer later posted this photo on her Facebook wall with the message: "Today with the penguins. Definitely friendlier!"
And, you'll notice Shakira is taking no more chances -- in the photo there is no BlackBerry, and hence no hungry sea lion in view.